Into the Field: Borrego Springs Swainson’s Hawk Watch

Past Event

The Swainson’s Hawk Migration through Borrego Springs is a spectacle not to be missed. These 19-inch tall hawks with a wingspan of over 4 feet, travel in flocks in the spring. The town of Borrego Springs in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (the largest state park in California) is a stopping point on their journey. Hawks spend the night in the area and, in the morning, lift off to go further north. Local hawk watchers and counters are familiar with their haunts.

Into the Field is a two-part event with a pre-trip orientation on March 15.

This is a self-driven caravan trip. At the orientation you may make arrangements to carpool.

A waiver required for all off-site trips found here: offsite birding waiver. They will be collected at the Meetup.
This is an easy hike with some spots of loose sand.
Close-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, and water are essential.
Binoculars, camera, snacks and lunch are optional.

Note: This is a two day event
Itinerary March 15 & 16

This trip includes an orientation meetup, one day prior to off-site trip to explore the current bird exhibition and get details for trip.

  • 2 pm meet at Sunnylands for pre-trip orientation. Includes curator-guided walk through the exhibition, and copy of Flight Plan: The Birds of Sunnylands.


  • 7:30 am meet in the overflow parking lot at Sunnylands.
  • 12:00 pm return to Sunnylands.

Registration is required. Space is limited.
Fee: $50 per person. Purchase tickets HERE.
For more information, please call 760.202.2234.